|Groundbreaking||July 16, 1954|
|Opened||July 17, 1955|
|Lands||*Main Street, U.S.A.|
- “As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete.”
- ―Walt Disney
Disneyland Park, formerly just Disneyland, is the original Disney theme park and the inspiration for the other "Magic Kingdom" parks around the world. The larger of the two parks at the Disneyland Resort, Disneyland was designed and built under the supervision of Walt Disney. Groundbreaking began on July 16, 1954, and the park opened on July 17, 1955. The original park opened with five themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. The park would get its first new land in 1966 with the addition of New Orleans Square, its second with Bear Country in 1972, later to be renamed Critter Country in 1988, and Mickey's Toontown in 1993. On August 15, 2015 at the D23 EXPO, it was announced the Disneyland would be receiving a band-new fourteen-acre Star Wars-themed land, the largest single land expansion in the resort's history.
Disneyland opened on July 17th, 1955. Surprisingly, its opening was a disaster. The temperature was well over 100 degrees Farenheit; women's heels sank into the soft pavement; the park ran out of food for its guests; toilets clogged; there was a gas leak; and many rides broke down. The park's opening day was (and is still by Disney management) referred to as "Black Sunday". Despite the initial setbacks, Walt Disney kept his head high, and the park eventually became a success; it is now the most easily recognized theme park on the planet. Disneyland is divided into eight "themed lands", five of which existed on opening day: Main Street, U.S.A., a land themed after a small town at the turn of the twentieth century; Adventureland, a land themed after the exotic jungles and wonders of the world; Frontierland, a land themed after the Wild West and pioneer spiri;, Fantasyland, a land themed after Walt Disney's classic animated movies and based off of children's bedtime stories, and Tomorrowland, a land themed after the future and space age travel, all opened with the park in 1955. New Orleans Square, a land themed after New Orleans in the nineteenth century, opened next to Frontierland along the banks of the Rivers of America in 1966. Critter Country (previously Bear Country), themed to represent animals in the North American woods, opened next to Frontierland in 1972. Mickey's Toontown, a bustling toon metropolis where Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Minnie Mouse all have their homes, opened above Fantasyland in 1993.
- MG=meet and greet
- ME=musical ensemble
- SP=stage production
- QS=quick service
- TS=table service
- MHP=Mickey's Halloween Party
Notes and references
- ↑ TEA/AECOM 2013 Global Attractions Report. Themed Entertainment Association (2014). Retrieved on June 4, 2014.Template:Dead link
- ↑ TEA/AECOM 2014 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report. Themed Entertainment Association (2015). Retrieved on June 4, 2015.Template:Dead link
- ↑ Attendance of Disneyland Park 1955–1979. The Disney Blog.Template:Dead link
- ↑ Attendance of Disneyland Park 1980. islandnet.com.
- ↑ Disneyland – still magic after all these years. The Lewiston Journal (March 13, 1984).
- ↑ Attendance of Disneyland Park 1984–2005. scottware.com.au.
- ↑ 2006 TEA/ERA Attendance Report (PDF).
- ↑ 2007 TEA/ERA Attendance Report.
- ↑ 2008 TEA/ERA Attendance Report (PDF).